Annual Parish Meeting 18th March

Annual Parish Meeting 18th March

Join the Annual Parish Meeting online on Zoom, 7.30pm on Thursday 18th March.

Reminder: please pre-register and send your address to the Clerk by email if you want to vote in the meeting.

Attendance can be booked via Eventbrite at this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/145009295707

Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83123394822

  • Meeting ID: 831 2339 4822
  • Passcode: 288143

All parishioners are welcome to join online on video and audio. Attendees will have their microphones set to mute unless they are presenting, asking or answering a question. You can choose whether or not to have your camera on (if you have one) but we hope most of you will so we can recreate as close to a physical meeting as possible. Attendees should also display their full name (not e.g. “Janes iPad”), for tips on how to do this and full instructions for how the meeting will work please download this document: APM 2021: how it will work.

  • Download the Agenda here.
  • Attendance can be booked via Eventbrite at this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/145009295707
  • Voting on questions at the meeting is open to those on the North Hinksey electoral roll. Please pre-register to vote by emailing clerk@northhinksey-pc.gov.uk with your name and address. Otherwise you will be asked to provide your details during the meeting if you would like to vote.

The first half of the meeting will cover a number of topics, including updates on our Key Objectives including how to get involved in public art plans for West Way Square and under the A34 flyover, local community response to COVID-19 and our Climate Emergency plans. We have also invited representative of the local Police and the Patient Participation Group to give updates and answer questions. The second half will be devoted to the plans for a new pavilion and other future improvements to the Louie Memorial Playing Fields. 

There will be open question sessions at the end of each section, questions received by noon on Monday 15th March will be addressed first, but there will be time for additional questions asked on the night. We will unmute your line if you are asking a question. Please use the Raise Your Hand function if you have an additional question not submitted beforehand and we will try to fit these in depending on time.

A420 overnight road closures

A420 overnight road closures

A420 Temporary Road Closures Northbound 8th to 10th March, Southbound 10th to 13th March.

To facilitate carriageway patching works and in the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction as detailed below.

  • Northbound carriageway: between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8th March up to and including 10th March 2021.
  • Southbound carriageway: between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10th March up to and including 13th March 2021.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

See the drawings for the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic.  Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Mo Clark,Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11. Quote TTRO (T8470)  for Northbound, TTRO (T8466) for Southbound

Update on Scout hut and Pavilion

Update on Scout hut and Pavilion

The offer of a free lease to April 2022 has not been taken up by the Scouts and they have now moved out of the Scout Hut.

NHPC Chairman David Kay said: 

“In response to the press release issued by the 4th Oxford Scout Group, we would like to make it clear that  the Scouts, themselves, have chosen to vacate the Scout Hut on Arnold’s Way at this time despite having the option of signing a rent-free lease that would have seen them remaining in place until at least April 2022.

We have repeatedly offered to meet with the Scouts to discuss ways forward over the past few years to no avail. Our plan remains to replace the current dilapidated buildings on the site with a new pavilion that is suitable for use by all community groups. This means that we are unable to meet the Scouts’ demand for a new 20 year lease.”

Public Meeting: Development plans for the area around the current the Pavilion and Scout Hut will be on the Agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting on 18th March which will be online and to which all parishioners are invited. Look out for the separate news item and Agenda coming soon on this website.

In response to requests, NHPC has created a webpage- Scout hut lease background where you can see a timeline and access documentation of previous decisions taken by Council in relation to a lease agreement with the 4th Oxford Scouts.

 

UPDATE: Green Spaces Survey – extended deadline

UPDATE: Green Spaces Survey – extended deadline

Survey extended to February 15th. Tell us how you use our green spaces.

We have a wide range of open green spaces around North Hinksey parish.  As part of North Hinksey Parish Council’s environmental work we would like to know what you think about these green spaces, and how they might be improved. 

We are running a survey that asks questions about if and how you use the green spaces in the parish.  Please let us know your ideas for improving our green spaces, to tackle problems or to simply make them more attractive or safer. If there are other green spaces you use that aren’t on our list, please tell us about those.

Fill in the Green Spaces Survey here.

This survey is open to people of all ages who live in the Botley area. Please give us your feedback by 15th February 2021 through this online survey. Alternatively you can send comments to the Parish Clerk by email (clerk@northhinksey-pc.gov.uk) or by post (North Hinksey Parish Council, 5 Church Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9TH).

Results of the survey will feed into an online workshop about our nature and green spaces on 20th February. More information on that event and how to join coming soon.

RESCHEDULED: Westminster Way road closure for 6 months

RESCHEDULED: Westminster Way road closure for 6 months

UPDATE; Work will now start on March 8th

As part of the Botley Road improvement scheme and in the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close a short section of Westminster Way to facilitate Botley road improvement scheme repairs/works.

This temporary closure will operate 24 hours a day from 8th March – for 6 months.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in that part of Westminster Way from Botley Road to Arthray Road. Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

See map for further details.

Exemptions are included for emergency service, for Buses southbound, for the works and for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of road. The alternative route for traffic is via Yarnells Hill, Lime Road, Cumnor Hill or Arthray Road, Hurst Rise Road, Cumnor Hill

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

See the map and notice for the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic. 

QUESTIONS:

We have raised questions with Savills who run the shopping centre and OCC. Savills were in touch with the Public Liaison and Traffic Safety Control Officer for the works who has provided the following answers:

Q – Access to West Way Square car park off Westminster Way

Regarding the access to the car park on Westminster Way, which will be in the blocked section of road. Are they intending for people to still use that to get into the car park, turning right only into it from Westminster Way, or will everything be using the Arthray Road entrance? This will need proper signposting.  

A – People will still be able to turn right / left on to Westminster Way to access the car park, as if you were coming from Cumnor Hill side or Botley Road. This means that delivery vehicles for Co-op / Premier Inn will still be able to access the loading bay as well, to leave they can drive up and turn right on to Arthray Road, or drive up and turn left to join the A34.

For people coming down Westminster Way, they will only be able to get as far as Arthray Road and will have to take that turning off.

Q – Deliveries for Coop:

Route is turning off West Way into Church Way, past Seacourt Hall, left onto Arthray Road, then left into Westminster Way to pull in on the left after the car park to Coop delivery bay. As you know, we already have ongoing problems with drivers not following instructions and going up Westminster Way and 3 point turn in entrance to Arthray Road which we’re addressing with Coop logistics’ team.

A – For delivery’s that enter the site via Church way, past Seacourt will have the option to either turn left to follow Arthray Road then at the end turn right, or turn right on to Arthray  and on to Springfield / Hurst Rise Road.

Savills have requested a meeting with the Traffic Officer to talk through the proposal, as they have highlighted the limited space  available due to cars on both sides of the road on Arthray and how this will work.

They will also seek confirmation of appropriate signage to be installed by OCC and once the plans are finalised and will also work with all the retailers and their delivery logistics’ teams as best as possible.

In addition, our County Councillor Judy Roberts is asking for the yellow lines in streets around the shops to be repainted to help with the parking issues.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Damian MacDonald, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11. Quote TTRO (T8529)

Business support – Covid-19 grants update

Business support – Covid-19 grants update

Do you run a hospitality, accommodation or leisure business that remained open during the Tier 2 restrictions in December, but with your trade severely impacted during that time? You can now apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) up to £1,800. 

You can find details about this grant and the various other funding schemes that are currently available on the Vale’s Business Support website.    

Local businesses can also sign up to the South and Vale Business Support mailing list by visiting the link above, this is the best way to find out as soon as grant funding becomes available locally.  You can also receive updates by following the Businesses Support teams Twitter and Facebook accounts.  

Winter Support Grant Scheme

Winter Support Grant Scheme

The Vale has launched a new grant scheme to help residents affected by the pandemic to buy food and keep their homes warm this winter.  The Vale has been given £73,430 and this funding must be spent by 31 March 2021. Citizens Advice South and Vale and Wantage Independent Advice Centre will now distribute this funding out on behalf of the District Council.

The advice centres can support people with supermarket vouchers for food and fuel vouchers to top up prepayment meters or with paying a heating bill. This will be alongside their usual package of advice and support around budget management, debt and benefit advice and any other assistance the resident may need signposting towards.  

If you have received a food voucher from a previous scheme, or indeed support via free meals or any other route, you can still apply for a Winter Support Grant.  

Anyone in need of support should contact their local advice centre. Those in immediate and urgent need should, as always, contact the Community Hub on 01235 422600.  You can also contact your nearest Botley Responder street rep for help and support.

Parking enforcement

Parking enforcement

Parking enforcement update: you can now report illegally parked vehicles in the Parish directly to the County Council enforcement team via their website at https://service.oxfordshire.gov.uk/reportparkedvehicle

This is thanks to persistence by our County Councillor Judy Roberts. North Hinksey is now specifically listed along with Oxford City in the reporting page so you can report any illegal parking on yellow lines or Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) in Botley and North Hinksey.

New Year and COVID-19 update

New Year and COVID-19 update

Update from Oxfordshire County Council …

from OCC Press Release 30th December 2020 …

Keep to Tier 4 disciplines in 2021 as cases continue to rise

Steep rises in COVID-19 cases in Oxfordshire have continued with people being strongly urged enter the New Year strictly abiding by the new tier 4 level of restrictions that came in to force on Boxing Day.

Tier 4 is the highest alert level in the national four-tier system, and it means that Oxfordshire residents must stay at home, except for a limited number of purposes. These include essential work that cannot be done from home, buying food, taking exercise, or getting medical treatment. In tier 4, you cannot meet other people socially indoors, unless you live with them or are part of a support bubble.

Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health, said: “We have had some good news with the new Oxford vaccine being approved and we know that a number of people in Oxfordshire have now begun the process of being vaccinated. However we cannot allow this to tempt us in to relaxing – we still have tough Winter weeks ahead of us before the vaccines will start to have an impact. 

“We know that the new variant of COVID-19 spreads extremely quickly and these rules were applied for our own safety and protection. The numbers of cases across the county have risen very steeply and we have also seen sharp rises in hospital admissions.

“Viruses always thrive in Winter and we can clearly see how aggressively COVID-19 can spread if we let our guard down even marginally. We have seen during 2020 the damage that this virus can do when people are in close contact with each other. The new variant is significantly more transmissible and is becoming the dominant strain across the country – more places have now joined Oxfordshire and our neighbouring areas in Tier 4.

“Unless we all take personal responsibility as individuals and families in the early weeks of 2021, we will create a deeply deteriorating situation in January. This means putting even more pressure on our NHS at its busiest time of year.

“I continue to urge everyone to adhere to the new tier 4 rules and to take every single precaution. We need to protect ourselves, our communities our families and our work colleagues in the coming weeks before the vaccine is widely enough in circulation to begin to have an effect. Please do not let your guard slip.”

Current cases

The latest data shows that the virus is continuing to spread rapidly in the county. In the past 7 days, cases across the county have increased by 27 per cent to 2,126, with rises seen across all districts. The weekly rate currently stands at 338.2 per 100,000. The rise is particularly concerning among the over 60s, where cases are continuing to rise in all parts of the county. Hospital admissions are increasing rapidly as a result. 

The highest rate in Oxfordshire is in Cherwell which stands at 475.7 cases per 100,000.

What are the tier 4 rules?

  • Stay at home, except for permitted reasons. This includes shopping for food and other essentials, exercise, education, childcare, collecting prescriptions, medical appointments, essential work, and to attend a place of worship.
  • Everyone who can work from home should do so.
  • You cannot meet other people indoors or in a private garden, unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble.
  • You can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people you live with or your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person at a safe social distance.
  • You must not travel to other areas, other than for legally permitted reasons, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Shops selling non-essential goods and market stalls not selling food must close.
  • Cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs must close but they can serve takeaways, click and collect and delivery orders.
  • Personal care, hair and beauty salons must close, as should tattoo, massage and spa venues.
  • Entertainment venues, indoor attractions and leisure facilities must close.
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend health appointments. If they cannot work from home, they are advised not to go to work and claim any support where eligible.

Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

Clinically extremely vulnerable people

Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend health appointments. If they cannot work from home, they are advised not to go to work and can claim any support where eligible.

Libraries and cultural services

The Oxfordshire Museum and Oxfordshire History Centre have closed. The county’s libraries will also close but some will provide a limited number of services, including IT access, which must be booked, online services, home library visits and click and collect.

Registration Services

In line with national guidance the county council’s Registration Service is only conducting wedding or civil partnership ceremonies in exceptional circumstances such as the iIlness of a couple or member of family due to attend ceremony. This includes a military deployment at short notice, life threatening surgery or debilitating illness as well as for couples where one of them is seriously ill and not expected to recover.

Press Release as downloadable PDF.

Christmas & New Year support

Christmas & New Year support

Details of how to get support or report something over the Christmas holiday period:

COVID support:  

Following the late changes in Tiers and Christmas rules we realise many people may have to change their plans and some may be alone when they didn’t plan to be. If you need support, if you are self-isolating or in need in any way, please check our COVID hub page for more support information.

The Botley Responders email BotleyResponders@gmail.com will be monitored daily but if you need urgent support please check the list of Street Champions and contact someone near to you directly. The Responders are all volunteers and may not be available at short notice so please also check the leaflet with links to local and national helplines and other support. Stay safe and well this Christmas.

Christmas break: Free and discount food for children – check this list of cafes and pubs offering free or low cost meals for children over the break. There are tabs for our area – the Vale, plus South Oxfordshire and National chains with offers.

Other queries:

The Parish Clerk is on annual leave from December 23rd to January 1st inclusive. Very urgent queries will be picked up but if you do have an urgent matter during this time please also copy in Chairman Councillor David Kay by email or telephone 01865  240272. Non-urgent matters will be responded to from Monday 4th January.

You can report many issues including graffiti, fly tipping, street lighting and broken paving slabs direct to the County Council via fixmystreet.com.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy New Year.